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Old 06-14-2015, 07:41 AM   #1
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West Ridge Trail, Moreau Lake State Park

Gave this a shot yesterday as its close to home and I've never been up there.
Came in from the upper boat launch area on Spier Falls. The trail immediately starts to ascend, not much warm up time.
I rode to Lake Ann on a really nice single track trail,not too challenging.
From there I returned to the Ridge trail via a connecting single track trail which was quite a bit of fun.
I rode some and hike-a-biked more out to the ledge overlook to the Spier Falls Dam.
Met a nice group of older hikers enjoying the day, we talked about the folly of trying to mountain bike in such terrain and had a good chuckle.
Little did I know how much hike-a-bike lay ahead!!
The trail is very single track and really probably better ridden in the opposite direction as it was alot of climbing thru ledge areas up steep inclines. The next time I will reverse the course and see if its better.
The trail I opted for at the end brings you out at the lower boat launch and is a VERY steep descent. Was pretty fun, but it raises the blood pressure...and tests the brakes quite well!!
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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Looks like a nice trip. Trails must have been quite dry by the looks of your bike
I'm not a Hippie, just a well groomed Mountain Man.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:15 PM   #3
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Lots of rocks and leaves, not much mud in the area. Everything was pretty hard packed even if it was damp. The leaves made for some tricky climbing. I find I need to stay seated to climb in slick conditions due to the full suspension. The suspension does not fully lock out, so if you stand to crank you get wheel spin. But I'm a noobie to MTBing so it may be poor technique.
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